Welcome to Ireland
Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
130Trip End Oct 01, 2012
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Arrived in Belfast 2 hours and fifteen minutes later, hopped back in Charlie and drove to our spot here
Woke up this morning to brilliant sunshine and guess what, it is still shining now ( 5 pm ) . Our plan for today was to drive to the Giant Causeway which is close to here. This spectacular rock formation - Northern Ireland's only Unesco Workd Heritage site - is one of Ireland's most impressive and atmospheric landscape features. When you first see it you can understand why the ancients thought that it was not a natural feature. The vast expanse of regular, closely packed. hexagonal stone columns looks for all the world like the handy work of giants. The more logical explanation is that the columns are contraction cracks caused by cooling lava flow some 60 million years ago. Awesome to look at, it's a bit of a walk to get to that point of the causeway but it is well worth walking to there. Some very nice scenery along the way and very good audio description as well.
After our visit to the Causeway we turned Basil off and just followed the sign that took us on the scenic route around the place. This area is not short of very scenic coastline and the Causeway Coast between Ballycastle and Portstewart is as magnificant as they come. Around every corner lays another spectacular surprise.We came across Carrick-a Rede island which is joined to the mainland by a rope bridge which sways some 30 meters above the pounding waves and is a classic test of nerves. No we did not venture to this, took some photos instead. The queue was just to long for us, besides it was way past our lunch time and went to the pub instead to have a meal.
A great , warm, sunny day today. Saw lots of nice things and talked to some nice people.
tomorrow we will head further south, yes so far Ireland has spoiled us.